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Destinations in South Africa

When you think of South Africa you may think of Table Mountain or a safari adventure. These are big attractions, but the country has so much more to offer. Situated on the southern tip of the continent, it is the most developed nation in Africa. Big cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg are separated by miles and miles of land that are far from empty. Go on a road trip, take a wine tour, hike up a mountain, scuba dive with turtles and sharks, or experience the thrill of a safari; it's all waiting for you.

Cape Town

Cape Town is the top destination in South Africa. Its warm climate and setting are the biggest lures. Lovely beaches frame a lively city, all surrounded by hills and mountains and rolling vineyards. With this natural setting, Cape Town is surprisingly cosmopolitan and boasts many galleries and museums alongside a growing number of markets, bars, and cafés. Thrill-seekers and outdoorsy-types can trek up Table Mountain, go mountain biking or paragliding or take on other adventure sports.


Johannesburg may surprise visitors even more than Cape Town. It's a beautiful and stylish city with a thought-provoking history. The Apartheid Museum is a great place to go in order to understand the history of South Africa as a whole and will make you realise how much it has changed. Visit the townships of Johannesburg for an authentic South African experience, see some world-class street art or sample the food and drink at the markets and rooftop bars found in the city.


Did you know there's an Indian district in Durban? This is just one of the delights you'll find here. Spend some time visiting the Durban Botanical Gardens or take a walk down the Golden Mile, named for its beautiful sandy beaches. Alternatively, a few hours north of Durban is St. Lucia, where you can grab a microlight and take a flight over the coast. A few hours the other way and you'll get to Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast, famed for its spectacular views.

Other Destinations in South Africa

Far from these urban centres of South Africa, you won't have to go far to find worthwhile places to visit. Go mountain-biking or trekking in and around the beautiful area of Hogsback, claimed to be inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings'. Alternatively, take a trip to the biggest game reserve in Africa, Kruger National Park, where you can pitch your tent or opt for a private lodge before you set off on safari. South Africa is a place that seems to have it all.

Airlines that operate flights to South Africa

  • British Airways (BA) direct flight
  • Etihad Airways (EY) via Abu Dhabi
  • Emirates (EK) via Dubai
  • Qatar Airways (QR) via Doha
  • Turkish Airlines (TK) via Istanbul
  • Kenya Airways (KQ) via Nairobi
  • KLM (KL) via Amsterdam
  • Air France (AF) via Paris
  • South African Airways (SA) Non stop flight
  • Virgin Atlantic (VS)

When is the most suitable time to book cheap flights to South Africa?

With an ever increasing tourism trend for African Safari, South Africa offers incredibly exhilarating Safari tours and much more for the visitors from across the European World. The most suitable time to book cheap flights to South Africa from UK depends on multiple factors. By casting heedful eyes over the general trend, you can get the deal done from UK to South Africa in as low as ₤395.

For budget-wise travellers, peak season is whenever they can get the bargain price for flights to South Africa. An enormous crowd during school holidays and festivals in the country makes it hard enough to find any reasonable quote for your flight. Owing to the situation, family tours to South Africa in July 2017 will cost you a bit high than usual. Still a large number of UK residents with South African descent seek economical flights to South Africa during holiday season to connect with their homeland. However, a travel expert can assist you in finding the best deal beforehand, but make sure to book in advance by all means.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year in South Africa has clear differences for the UK residents as the festivities in spring season uplifts the spirits of eventful celebrations. As a matter of course, December 2017 in South Africa is expected to embrace a horde of tourists from UK to cherish the pleasant surprises of blossoming spring along with the revels of Christmas. Moreover, New Year is also marked as public holiday in South Africa. Like all other festivals, Easter is celebrated with great zeal and fervour. Thus, visitors seek flights to South Africa during Easter holidays in April which enable them to splurge in holiday making with their families.

In addition to that, Safari tours are operated round the year. Pleasant temperatures call for the most appropriate time for Safari tours between April-May and then again, in September-October. This time of the year is also ideal for booking cheap flights to South Africa as it doesn’t coincide with school holidays or other events.

Furthermore, if you are trying to avoid elevated flight prices for March 2018, it is advisable to get in touch with the travel experts at Travel house UK as soon as possible to keep yourself informed about the cheapest quotes available so far.

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

Peak Season:

South Africa stands for temperate climate round the year. With a tentative plan to explore the hidden gems of South Africa, it’s not really a significant factor to base your decision on weather conditions unless weather can cause hindrances in your activity plan. Of course, an overwhelming factor could be your activities and adventures that can take your adrenaline glands to fun land by taking cheap flights to the ever-thriving South Africa. Furthermore, winter falls in June and is expected to cast its gloomy cold spells till August. It is characterized by minimal downpours. Such weather attracts the visitors to South African game parks and much more. To be more specific for winter, Cape wine lands enchants the flocks more particularly in low temperatures with its vegetations. Whereas pristine beaches welcome the tourists for savoury delights in summer season. For Hikers, spring and autumn season is the best time of the year in South Africa. Enriched with bustling traditions and encounters, South Africa is a special treat for visitors at any given time of the year.

Off-Peak Season:

Apparently, there is not an exclusively low season but wet season is likely to put a brake on swarm of tourists in December. Otherwise, with the lesser amount of tourists flocking into the country during June and August, it calls for the most suitable time to seek cheapest rates for top notch hotels and accommodation places. Temperature extremes are also not considered very appropriate to travel around the country with exotic tourist highlights. Temperature which is expected to drop below zero curtails the prospective visitors to head on for mountaineering adventures. At the same time, South Africa welcomes the folks to get acquainted with the cultural events backed by historical African tales such as OppiKoppi. Consequently, it always has something to stimulate senses like Safari dreams even for the budget-wise travellers and inclement weather would not last much longer to interrupt your outdoor expedition.

How long is the flight to South Africa?

  • Direct flight from Heathrow to South Africa with British Airways (LHR-JNB)): 10 hours and 50 minutes
  • Manchester to South Africa with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul: 13 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flights from Birmingham to South Africa with Air France via Paris: 13 hours and 10 minutes
  • Edinburgh to South Africa via Frankfurt with Lufthansa (LHR-FRA-JNB): 13 hours and 40 minutes
  • Glasgow to South Africa with KLM via Amsterdam (LHR-AMD-CPT): 14 hours and 10 minutes
  • Emirates flights to South Africa from Dublin via Dubai(DUB-DXB-JNB): 16 hours and 20 minutes
Weekly Schedule of major airlines from UK to South Africa
  • Flights from London Heathrow to South Africa(O.R.Tambo International airport)
    • British Airways (BA) : Twice Daily flights from London Heathrow departing at 19:00 and 21:00
    • Emirates (EK) : 7 days a week
    • South African Airways (SA) : Daily 02 flights from London Heathrow departing at 19:00 and 21:00
    • Virgin Atlantic (VS) : Daily flights from London Heathrow departing at 20:00
    • Turkish Airlines :Daily flight 7 days a week with a quick stopover in Istanbul
    • Kenya Airways : Regular flights on daily basis through out the week
    • KLM (KL) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Etihad Airways : 7 days a week
    • Qatar Airways :Daily flights Monday till Sunday
    • Lufthansa (LH) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Air France (AF) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Flights from Manchester to South Africa:
    • British Airways : Daily 02 flights Monday till Sunday via London Heathrow
    • Emirates (EK) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Etihad Airways (EY): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Lufthansa (LH) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Air France Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Qatar Airways (QR) : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Flights from Dublin to South Africa:
    • Emirates : Enjoy daily departures from Dublin to Johannesburg
    • Etihad Airways : Operates daily flights between Dublin and Johannesburg
Major Airports in South Africa
  • Bloemfontein Airport (BFN)
  • Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • East London Airport (ELS)
  • George Airport (GRJ)
  • Kimberley Airport (KIM)
  • King Shaka International Airport (DUR)
  • Nelspruit Airport (NLP)
  • O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Pilanesberg International Airport (NTY)
  • Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ)
  • Richards Bay Airport (RCB)
Getting around in South Africa
  • South Africa has the most developed public transport system in the continent so you can expect to get around to key places fairly easily.
  • Hiring a car is a great option to make the most of what South Africa has no offer. You'll find the usual international car hire businesses present here.
  • Getting around by bus in South Africa is a cheaper option but extra care is necessary as they are less reliable than those found in many European countries.
  • you could also get train around South Africa. Trains go between Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria and there are usually different option available to suit your budget.
  • If the situation requires one, try to book a taxi ahead of time and get a quote of the cost for the journey. you should have no trouble getting a taxi from the airport without booking, though.
Eating and Drinking in South Africa
  • The food and drink of South Africa has been influenced by its historical links with the Dutch, Portuguese and even French, among others.
  • If you like barbecued food then South Africa won't disappoint. It's a hugely popular way of cooking and it's social, too.
  • On top of the regular meat such as beef, lamb, chicken and pork, You'll find more exotic ones like springbok, crocodile and ostrich
  • Like everywhere else, South Africa has some national delicacies. Biltong (dried strips of beef or game), Sosatie (chunks of marinated meat, barbecued), Malva pudding (spongy, cake-like desert), and Umqombothi (milky-looking beer with a sour taste) are just a few.
  • If you fancy a drink, try out a Shebeen in one of South Africa's townships. A Shebeen is a local alternative to a pub or bar with reasonable-priced alcohol and a great atmosphere.
What will 10£ (165 South African Rand) get you in South Africa?
  • A meal for two at an inexpensive restaurant.
  • 10 cups of coffee.
  • Three large meals at McDonald's.
  • Three bottles of decent wine.
  • Five packs of cigarettes.
  • Tickets to the cinema for yourself and two others.
  • A 16km taxi journey.
  • Rent a tennis court for a couple of hours on weekend.
What are the hotel and accommodation options in South Africa?

With the country welcoming the major share of tourists arriving in Africa, South Africa has emerged with a diverse variety of options for all of its travellers. A national level authority maintains regulations of classifying all the hotels in accordance of their standards and services within the major cities. Accommodations specializing in local hospitality include guest houses for ‘paying guests’ to facilitate Bed & breakfast services, as well as campsites.

Game reserves and national parks have their own designated accommodations in their premises, consisting of lodges and huts for safari visitors. For the more ‘unconventional’ traveller, camper vehicles as well as houseboats are also available for getting to stay along the roads or by the lakes.

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